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St Matthew’s Billboard is Up. Christmas must be Near.

St Matthew’s
Billboard is Up. Christmas must be Near – Mary, pregnancy
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St Matthew-in-the-City


14 December 2011


For Immediate Release


St Matthew’s Billboard is Up. Christmas must be Near.

Christmas must be coming. St Matthew-in-the-City has put up its Christmas billboard. Priest Associate Clay Nelson, says, “It is our intention to avoid the sentimental, trite and expected to spark thought and conversation in the community. This year we hope to do so with an image and no words. We invite you to wonder what your caption might be.”

This billboard portrays Mary, Jesus’ mother, looking at a home pregnancy test kit revealing that she is pregnant. Regardless of any premonition, that discovery would have been shocking. Mary was unmarried, young, and poor. This pregnancy would shape her future. She was certainly not the first woman in this situation or the last.

Vicar Glynn Cardy’s reaction to the image is “It’s real. Christmas is real. It’s about a real pregnancy, a real mother and a real child. It’s about real anxiety, courage and hope.

“Although the make-believe of Christmas is enjoyable - with tinsel, Santa, reindeer, and carols - there are also some realities. Many in our society are suffering: some through the lack of money, some through poor health, some through violence, and some through other hardships. The joy of Christmas is muted by anxiety.

“In this season we encourage one another to be generous to those who suffer, to give to strangers, and to care for all – especially those who have the least. Like the first Santa, St Nicholas did.
“We invite all who celebrate the season to hold these different strands of a real Christmas together: anxiety and joy, suffering and compassion, Santa and Jesus.”

ENDS

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